"Lois Lane: "The Girl with the Heart of Steel"": Lois Lane agrees to have a scientist give her bionic body parts, not knowing she will soon become all-bionic as a result.
- I still don't see why you don't want me to volunteer for Prof. Mather's experiments! Think of my sensational angle for an exclusive-- 'I Was the First Bionic Woman!' Can't you just see that headline?!
Appearing in Lois Lane: "The Girl with the Heart of Steel"
- Lois Lane (Flashback and main story)
- Gangsters (Flashback only)
- An assassin
- Professor Mathers and other S.T.A.R. Labs scientists
- Bimmo the chimp (has bionic limbs)
- A sentient spaceship and its robotic drones
- A Metropolis city council candidate
Synopsis for Lois Lane: "The Girl with the Heart of Steel"
Lois Lane agrees to have a scientist give her bionic body parts, not knowing she will soon become all-bionic as a result.
Appearing in Supergirl: "The Three Magic Wishes!"
- Tom Baxter (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Supergirl: "The Three Magic Wishes!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #257.
Linda Lee is reading fairy tales to the younger children of Midvale Orphanage when resident trouble-maker Tom Baxter plays a prank on the children. After scaring Linda's audience, Tom puts fairy tales down, and begins mocking the little children for believing in them. Linda decides that Tom needs to be taught a lesson, and leaves.
Linda changes to Supergirl, makes a fairy costume and flies into the room in hopes of teaching Tom a lesson. However, Tom thinks the fairy is a hoax, so he tries to prove she isn't really flying. When his attempt fails, he demands three magic wishes. Using her super-powers, Linda makes the children believe she has made a magic mirror out of a window, changed a rabbit into a horse and back again, and ties up Tom with unbreakable string made from her own hair strands. Tom then claims he was only joking earlier, and Supergirl makes it appear his noise is growing for telling a lie.
Kara then uses hypnosis to make all the children think they dreamed the whole episode, and changes back to Linda Lee. When Tom declines to hear the tale of Pinocchio, Linda smiles, thinking he will not interrupt her fairy tale readings again.
Appearing in Jimmy Olsen: "Superman's Phantom Pal!"
- Phantom Zone
Synopsis for Jimmy Olsen: "Superman's Phantom Pal!"
This story is reprinted from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #62.
When Jimmy Olsen becomes Elastic Lad and gains temporary access to the Phantom Zone through a small aperture, Jax-Ur and company try to tempt him into watching Superman change into his secret identity, but Jimmy resists the temptation.
- Lois Lane desires her transformation into a cyborg partially in order to become the world's first bionic person, though she knows from personal experience that a bionic man existed years prior: Metallo, the killer with the Kryptonite heart.
- In Superman's Phantom Pal the identity of the third Phantom Zoner changes from Dr Xadu in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #62, to Kru-El in this issue. Dr Xadu escaped the Phantom Zone in Superboy #100 and was never returned, so an editor may have felt that this violated continuity, and changed Xadu's identity to another goateed Kryptonian.
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